LEAF hears legislative update
On Feb. 8 and 9, Anita Jost of Windom, chaired the 2015 Legislative Event For Advocacy In Faith, (LEAF), First United Methodist Church in Topeka.
The 2015 Theme was “Care For Creation.” The annual event is co-sponsored by Great Plains United Methodist Women of Kansas, Church Women United of Kansas and Kansas Christian United.
On the evening of Feb. 8, 70 people heard the keynote speaker, Tom Averill, who appeared as William Jenning Bryan Oleander, and Senator Carolyn McGinn, 31st District, who presented talking points on current issues before the Kansas Legislature.
There were 130 attendees at the Feb. 9 session, which opened with worship. Keynote speaker Rabbi Moti Reiber, Kansas Interfaith Power and Light, spoke on climate change and the responsibility to care for the earth.
A panel discussion moderated by Sister Therese Bangert, Kansas City, addressed current issues before the Legislature. Marianna Quilty, League Of Women Voters, spoke on voter registration; Larry Weigel, Manhattan, Kansas, addressed Medicare issues; Duane Goosen, Topeka, reviewed the Kansas budget; and Sister Therese Bangert gave an update on immigration issues.
Following the constituent/legislator luncheon, attendees were able to select two one-hour workshops from a group of 10 to attend. Due to the funeral of Annette Hedke, wife of Rep. Dennis Hedke, in Wichita at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 9, the House shut down for members to attend the funeral, so only 10 of the 52 legislators who had planned to attend were able to attend the luncheon.
The purpose of the annual event is to educate and update attendees on the issues before the Kansas Legislature and encourage interest and participation in state government.
LEAF is the only faith-based group that gathers during the legislative session to be educated on legislative issues and encouraged toward advocacy.
Lamplighter Circle meets
The Lamplighter Circle of the United Methodist Women met in the church’s Serve Center at 7 p.m. Monday.
Chairman Shirley Lewis called the meeting to order. She thanked Karen Davidson and Kay Zimmerman for being hostesses. Devotions were given by Kathy Nuss on “Crock-pot of Our Faith.”
Roll call was answered by sharing if members had received candy or flowers for Valentine’s Day. Fifteen members responded. The Spiritual Growth moment was given by Joyce Hall.
Marlena Regier reported that Valentine’s cards had been sent to group shut-ins and special friends. The UMW Mother/Daughter Banquet will be April 7 in Hess Hall.
Volunteers from the circle will provided assistance at a 50th anniversary open house, a wedding reception and the Red Cross Bloodmobile.
Joyce Hall gave the Call to Prayer and Self Denial Service. An offering was taken for retired missionaries.
The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. March 16 in the Serve Center. Hostesses will be Janis Ward and Sheryl Messenger. Jalaine Stevens will give the program about Save ‘N Share.
LEAF hears legislative update